Pareben Free Skin Products: Recent studying and continuing ed. classes has led me to explore the effects of things we put into our bodies through our skin. Parebens in many forms are widely used as a preservative in lotions, sunscreens and soaps. They are estrogenic or hormone disrupting and have been linked to cause cancer. Begin reading the labels on most of the products we put on our skin and you will find parabens and other chemicals. Even many of our very expensive skin care products will have these chemicals in there.
The majority of sunscreens have these and other micronized chemicals that are readily absorbed into our blood stream via the skin. Look for sunblocks that contain titanium or zinc oxide. These are larger molecules that are unable to cross through the skin into our blood stream. When applied, these will leave a light white film on your skin. That is what is blocking the UV rays.
Many of the pain relieving gels out on the market also have parabens in them. Our office no longer stocks pain relieving gels that have unwanted chemicals in them. We have found pain relieving gels, lotions and sun blocks that are paraben free. For more information, do internets search on parabens.
Kimball A. Wong, D.C. is a health educator and will share topics regarding health issues that may effect the lives of our community.